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You Won! Now to spend it...

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Birdjaguar, May 15, 2019.

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If you won $5,000, what would you do with it?

  1. Spend on consumables (food, entertainment, etc)

    2.1%
  2. Spend on hard goods (cars, appliances, home repairs, furniture, etc,)

    10.4%
  3. Spend on electronics

    2.1%
  4. Spend on travel

    12.5%
  5. Spend on family/children

    6.3%
  6. Save

    29.2%
  7. pay off debt (CC, education, loans, etc.)

    14.6%
  8. Invest

    10.4%
  9. Give to charity/church

    2.1%
  10. Save and spend

    2.1%
  11. Spend it all in different categories

    6.3%
  12. Other (please explain)

    2.1%
  1. Birdjaguar

    Birdjaguar Entangled Retired Moderator Supporter

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    If you won a lottery for $5,000 USD (or your local equivalent), how would you spend it?
     
  2. rah

    rah Warlord Supporter

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    I have no debt, and getting ready to retire so money isn't critical, so probably on entertainment. Take a golf trip, something for the wife.
    I say that but I know my daughter would end up with an expensive gift. She knows how to play her father.
     
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  3. Berzerker

    Berzerker Warlord

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    house repairs
     
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  4. BenitoChavez

    BenitoChavez Whispering Walrus

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    Put it into a retirement account. $5,000 now + power of compound interest = retirement sooner.
     
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  5. inthesomeday

    inthesomeday Immortan

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    Buy my first car, a used Honda Civic. Save the rest. Just got my license yesterday!
     
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  6. Valka D'Ur

    Valka D'Ur Hosting Iron Pen in A&E Retired Moderator

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    Various things.

    New computer

    Replace some things lost to the mold situation two years ago

    Fix the organ (the pedals don't work; organ repairs are expensive)

    Set some aside for vet expenses for Maddy/any new cat I adopt

    Go somewhere that isn't Red Deer; I've been out of town exactly twice in the last 15 years and both times were since March, for surgery in a nearby town.
     
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  7. haroon

    haroon Chieftain

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    I'll save it, part of it in the form of gold perhaps because inflation can be quite crazy, you cannot trust money these days.

    I like to invest on property in the future. And thank God I have 0 debt.
     
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  8. Cutlass

    Cutlass The Man Who Wasn't There.

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    Travel. Take some trip I've been too cheap to take before.
     
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  9. Josu

    Josu Chieftain

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    Amortization of mortgage loan
     
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  10. MaryKB

    MaryKB Warlord

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    I don't need $5,000 and I'd feel guilty about getting it for free, so I'd just give it away.
     
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  11. Manfred Belheim

    Manfred Belheim Warlord

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    Probably just save it or stick it on the mortgage.
     
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  12. Peuri

    Peuri Game

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    I've got debt, but payments are proceeding is planned. I don't need anything in particular, so I'd invest in some more stocks.
     
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  13. Lexicus

    Lexicus Warlord

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    Throw it in my savings account, which would roughly double in size
     
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  14. Mise

    Mise isle of lucy

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    throw it on the pile
     
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  15. AmazonQueen

    AmazonQueen Virago

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    Gambling is one of the few vices I don't have, I've tried it and I dislike it, but if someone else gave me their lottery winnings I'd go to Iran and visit Persepolis, Isfahan, the Behistun inscription etc.
     
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  16. Broken_Erika

    Broken_Erika Nothing

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    I'd buy myself a K-Car, a nice reliant automobile.
     
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  17. GoodEnoughForMe

    GoodEnoughForMe n.m.s.s.

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    I'd probably want to put 1k of it towards a trip somewhere and use the rest to pay off debt.
     
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  18. The_J

    The_J Say No 2 Net Validations Retired Moderator Supporter

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    Save it right now. Later this year I might have an expensive move, so I might need it.
    Not much else, money isn't really an issue. My accomodations during the next (unplanned) trip might be slighty better maybe.
     
  19. GenMarshall

    GenMarshall Ghost Agent

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    It’s going into my student loans.
     
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  20. Ironsided

    Ironsided Flower of happiness

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    I'd use it for longer than usual travels, maybe Galapagos or Nepal and Bhutan.
     
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